Preview: Spurs hoping to maintain 100% record in Europa
In contrast to their league form, Tottenham have been formidable in the Europa League having won all five matches they have played so far, scoring 11 and conceding just a single goal in the process.
With everything decided in Group K except the third and fourth positions, the meeting between the two clubs will be a mere formality with Spurs poised to advance to the next round top of the pool and Anzhi to qualify to the next round as the second best team in the group regardless of the results.
Preview: Tottenham poised to embarrass Anji in Russia
Tottenham Hotspur were given a tough time by Chelsea last Saturday in the Premier League. A John Terry equalizer denied them from getting all three points. Still, Andre-Villas Boas could smile about his team’s performance and ambitious approach. Playing Anzhi will be totally different from playing Jose Mourinho’s Blues.
All though it is an away fixture, Spurs are seen as favourites. In fact, the Russian club has failed over the years to transform into a force like big-money clubs Manchester City, AS Monaco or Paris Saint-Germain. The club’s crisis has taken its toll in front of goal with Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o leaving for Chelsea this summer.
Winners: David Beckham and PSG
The aging legs of David Beckham still have much to offer. After training with Arsenal, the veteran midfielder signed for PSG on Thursday. He is still one of the best when it comes to set-pieces and it would be really interesting to see how he fares for his new club.
“I'm lucky to have achieved what I've achieved and earned what I have earned,” he told the press concerning his top deal.
“One of the reasons to come here is that with Nasser [Al Khelaifi, PSG president] and [sporting director] Leonardo, we've decided on something quite unique.”
Liverpool come into their Europa League Group A clash with Anzhi Makhachkala knowing that anything less than the three points would almost certainly kiss goodbye their chances of advancing to the Round of 16 stage of the competition.
The Reds may have commenced their campaign on a high note, with a 5-3 victory at pointless Young Boys of Switzerland, however, they…
Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Juan Mata are of course part of this chart. Note that all transfer fees figures are as seen on Futebolbusiness.com.
1) Sergio Aguero—from Atletico Madrid to Manchester City
Kun Aguero cost Manchester City €45M. After several weeks of work behind the scenes, Atletico Madrid and the Sky Blues finally reached an agreement for the star striker who wanted his future sorted as quickly as possible. Sergio Aguero, whose Copa America goals failed to inspire Argentina to glory in July, ended his 5-year spell in the Spanish capital this summer.
At Atletico Madrid, Sergio Aguero made 234 appearances. He scored 102 goals and produced 37 assists. His transfer to Manchester City has proven to be a good one thus far. Sergio Aguero made an instant impact by scoring a formidable brace on his debut as a Sky Blue.
Anzhi Makhachkala—but what name do they have?
If there’s a non-top flight club in Europe that can pay €20M per year for a player, it has to be Russia’s Anzhi Makhachkala. Their name is certainly not known by the average football fan around the world.
But today, they are making loud noise on the transfer market. Rangers supporters, however, can remember Anzhi as the team they defeated during the 2001/02 UEFA Cup on neutral ground as ordained by UEFA.
Well, Anzhi Makhachkala aren’t heavyweights in Russia’s Premier League but they could be seen as the country’s version of England’s Manchester City. In January this year, Anzhi was bought by Suleyman Kerimov, a billionaire businessman and investor whose mission is to revolutionize the club.